A thought about voting…(Democratic primary)


So, Hillary Clonton jumped out over Bernie Sanders in Puerto Rico’s Democratic primary on Sunday June 5th. Congratulations woman!!

So, what if Puerto Rican residents cannont vote in the general election? What if they’re treated as second class citizens. Of course all this gets to my nerves, but I hope things will come even-steven in the near future.

While Puerto Rican residents cannot vote in the general election, I think that voting in the Primary was important, because voting is at the hart of the idea of equal citizenship. Juge Learned Hand (better known for The Spirit of Liberty), was right when he said: « Of course I know how illusory would be the belief that my vote determined anything; but nevertheless when I go to the polls I have a satisfaction in the sense that we are all engaged in a common venture ».

And just for the pleasure of translating this beautiful phrase in French:

« Bien sûr je sais combien il est illusoire de croire que mon vote détermine quelque chose; mais quand je dépose mon bulletin dans l’urne, j’éprouve au moins la satisfaction de savoir que nous sommes tous engagés dans une aventure commune ».

Hashtags used on twitter: #Election2016 #PuertoRicoPrimary #PRPrimary #BernieSanders #PRforBernie

 

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Picture taken from the Washington Post : Puerto Rico resident is handed a ballot during the US territory’s Democratic primary (Carlos Giusti)

 

 

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San Juan speaks out his mind.


A mural in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo by Stephanie Segarra.I guess it’s a reminder that it’s the next generation the ones who benefit or pay our actions today.

A mural in San Juan Puerto Rico Photo by Stephanie Segarra

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Living the American Dream


I talked to a friend from Mayagüez recently. I asked him about the crisis. He told me: “Crisis? We don’t worry about that at all. I mean, everything looks just fine to us”. I was surprised by his answer. Today, two out of five Puerto Ricans is unemployed.

What’s the real answer then?

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A homeless man improvises his shoes with pieces of cloth in front of a closed down business in Puerta de Tierra in the outskirts of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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Mapa topográfico de Puerto Rico, NY 1886


He aquí un magnífico mapa de los municipios de Puerto Rico hecho en Nueva York en 1886, dos años antes de la guerra Hispano-Americana.

Puerto Rico departamentos Nueva York 1886

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Somewhere in socialist Czechoslovakia: “Amerika” Portoriko


So I’ abandoned you for over a year now. But that doesn’t mean that the blog is dead. I’d like to share with you a very exquisite version of “America” from West Side Story; in Czech!!! It was the friend of a friend who apparently has the vinyl who wanted to share it with me. If I ever get to put my hands on that jewel, I’ll be lost in the music like forever.

For those of you who don’t remember the song, it’s when Anita describes Puerto Rico as being underdeveloped and with all kind of natural disasters. It short, it’s an exclamation of the American Dream.

ANITA:
Puerto Rico
My heart’s devotion
Let it sink back in the ocean
Always the hurricanes blowing
Always the population growing
And the money owing
And the sunlight streaming
And the natives steaming
I like the island Manhattan
Smoke on your pipe
And put that in…

Let me know wich version you like the most:

From LP: “Scény z nejslavnějších amerických muzikálů”

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Czech version (1966:

Jedná se o nahrávku z roku 1966, která vyšla u Supraphonu ve stereu. Upozorňuji, že deska vyšla v socialistickém Československu. Dále si dovolím poukázat na rým v čase 1:16 : “mám rači ostrov manhattan, kdo je proti je kretén”. Příjemný poslech.

Original Version:

Bernardo (George Chakiris) and Anita (Rita Moreno)are hot, hot, hot! Everyone in this film is excellent, but these two really stand out. No wonder they both got Oscars for the role. I also include the little drama before the song because I love seeing them bickering like an old married couple.

    • “America” Leonard Bernstein ( • )
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Prensa internacional, 1913. Las mujeres mexicanas en la revolución


Hoy me encontré con este espectacular periódico francés de 1913 que habla nada más ni nada menos que de las mujeres de la revolución mexicana. Las revoluciones son raras en América Latina, y las mujeres estaban un poco en el olvido; da gusto ver que en su momento se les dio la importancia que se merecían.

 

 

Las Mujeres (sí, con mayúscula) mexicanas en la revolución. Periódico francés “Le Petit Journal” , domingo 16 de noviembre de 1913.

Las Mujeres (sí, con mayúscula) mexicanas en la revolución. Periódico francés “Le Petit Journal” , domingo 16 de noviembre de 1913.

 

Mujeres mexicanas en armas. [Las Mujeres (sí, con mayúscula) mexicanas en la revolución. Periódico francés “Le Petit Journal” , domingo 16 de noviembre de 1913.]

Mujeres mexicanas en armas. [Las Mujeres (sí, con mayúscula) mexicanas en la revolución. Periódico francés “Le Petit Journal” , domingo 16 de noviembre de 1913.]

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Café


In 1904, Americans paid Puerto Rican coffee pickers (who were paid based on volume picked) an average of 12 to 16 cents per day. US colonial administrators argued that if Puerto Ricans were to receive a better wage, they would work little and become lazy. (Cf. Trujillo-Pagán, Modern Colonization by medical intervention, 2013).

"U.S. Porto Rico's Only Purveyor", Drawing by Mario Brau de Zuzuárregui, in Colección de dibujos de Mario Brau (1904-1915).

“U.S. Porto Rico’s Only Purveyor”, Drawing by Mario Brau de Zuzuárregui, in Colección de dibujos de Mario Brau (1904-1915).

 

 

 

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